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St. James’ Practical Advice

Well, we’re back in Ordinary Time. While it might seem a little sad to return to green vestments, say good bye to the Regina Coeli, and put the Easter candle aside until the next baptism, I love Ordinary Time. I suppose when pressed I would admit I love all the liturgical seasons, just like I love all the meteorological seasons. […]

By Dint of Little Things

I want to be holy. I want to be a saint. That’s all that matters in this life… that someday we all get to heaven. I know that it’s only possible with God’s grace, and I know I have to cooperate with that grace to grow in holiness. But often those thoughts become detached from my every day experience. Priests […]

The Connection Between the Ten Commandments and the Cleansing of the Temple

Photography © by Andy Coan

When it started, all was fresh and new. An unnamed but mighty God freed a motley crew of slaves and offered them a new way of life in a new land. Most importantly, he offered them a privileged and exclusive relationship with Himself. In the ancient world, most nations worshipped their own god and believed themselves to have a special […]

When Heartfelt Zeal Becomes Ritual Routine

Photography © by Andy Coan

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Year B) – Exodus 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 1; Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 11; First Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25. This series appears each Wednesday. Fresh and New When it started, all was fresh and new.  An unnamed but mighty God freed a motley crew of slaves and […]